10 Best Board Games for Family Game Night

The aim of a family fun night is to have fun! I love board games. We don’t play often because it is just Eric and I, but when we get together with friends of family, we definitely play! You guys know I have 11 nieces and nephews ranging from 2 years old to 21 years old, so I do know how tricky it can be to select a board game if you have kids at different developmental stages. Begin by playing one that your youngest child definitely may play. Here is 10 board games that are the best for various …

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October 1st is National Black Dog Day

Believe it or not National Black Dog Day was created to bring awareness about black dogs being ignored at shelters! I mean, really? When I saw both these faces my world flipped upside down. 🤗 They are two of best things that ever happened to me! They are a constant reminder what unconditional love is! ❤️ But I have always know this. One of the main reasons The Adventures of Pookie donates a portion of it’s proceeds to animal shelters across the country. In my books, Pookie is portrayed as a brown dog, but on the back cover there is …

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Why the F*ck is My Power Still Out?

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “modern living”? For me, it’s the conveniences that I have today, that I did not when I was a kid. For most people it’s the same. And having constant access to power and electricity. But most people do not understanding where their power comes from and why it takes so long to be fixed when it goes out. So when the power does go out, we hear a lot “why the f*ck is my power still out?” My husband is a Journeyman Lineman. What is that you may ask. Until …

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6 Essential Items for Full Time RVers

There are many reasons people become full time RVers. We chose this lifestyle because Eric is a Journeyman Lineman and travels a lot for work. It seemed easier to buy an RV and take it with us when we needed to pack up and move every year or two. Searching for apartments or houses for rent in new areas became harder and harder as the jobs were usually far away from where we were. So, we have been full timing it for two and a half years and have found some essential items I think all full timers need. 1. …

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How to Rock Being a Dog Mom

Being 35 and married, I often get asked when we are going to have children. To an extent I understand why people ask. I used to get upset and wish people would mind their own business, but now I just smile and say, “I have two fur kids”. You should see the looks I get! I am a dog mom. My dogs are my kids. Considering myself a dog mom doesn’t mean that I want to mimic being a human mom, it just means that my heart desires to give my rescue dogs a better life than they previously had. …

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What’s My Purpose Here?

Why all the pressure when you are thirteen years old to figure out what you want to do with your life? I remember sitting in class and we were given an aptitude test to figure out what we were good at and what potential jobs we would be good at. Basically telling your what your purpose in life was. I remember looking at my list and thinking that those were the most awesome jobs I could ever imagine. From my potential list, I chose that I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. Yes, at thirteen years old I had decided …

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Power of a Positive Life

Is your glass half-empty or half-full?  How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic. Some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair — you can learn positive thinking skills. Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head …

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10 Totally Awesome Father’s Day Gifts your Dad will Love

Father’s Day was not celebrated in the US, outside Catholic traditions, until the 20th century. It was introduced in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting. So how about get him a totally awesome gift he will love this Father’s Day. If you’re like me, the whole tie and tool giving is getting a bit old and predictable. Not to mention Dad probably has enough of that stuff by now. Try these awesome gifts this year instead. 1. Personalized BBQ Grill Set in Bamboo Case – Let’s face it, dad usually ends up …

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10 Unique Gifts Your Mother Will Love This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day. A day to celebrate the wonderful mom who took care of us and put up with all of our crap. Let’s face it, having kids is not the easiest job in the world. In fact, it’s probably arguably one of the hardest jobs in the world, with the least amount of credit. So this Mother’s Day, why don’t we give Mom a unique gift that she will love. Here is a list of 10 unique gifts that are sure to light up your mothers eyes and give you bonus points for being so thoughtful. 1) My mom loves …

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Top 10 Survival Tips for Taking an RV Trip with Your Kids this Summer

SAN FRANCISCO (April 11, 2018) — Summer vacation is just around the corner, which for many means getting out on the open road in an RV with your family. If you’re thinking of booking an RV trip, you’re smart because studies show it’s a lot cheaper than other forms of travel. Families of four who own an RV save significantly* when they travel this way and they only have to unpack once! If you’ve been afraid to try it because of cautionary tales, don’t worry. The world’s leading expert in RV travel, Mighway—”an Airbnb for RVs”—has got you covered. Owned by …

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DIY Essential Oil Recipe Box & GIVEAWAY!

Who else scrolls Pinterest for ideas of DIY projects? Lately I have been scrolling and searching for essential oil recipes. I have fallen in love with essential oils! I have joined the craze of making them a go to for many things in my home. With that, I have found this DIY Essential Oil Recipe Box from Simply Earth. This box is the coolest thing because it gives you everything you need for several DIY oil projects. This is the 5th box I have gotten and it keeps getting better. All of the boxes come with 4-5 essential oils, a …

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Truly Transforming Personal Development Books

Starting on the path to self improvement can be a daunting task. Where do you start? What book do you read first? How do you know if the book is right for you? Over the last 3 years, I have been diving more and more into personal development books. I have taken the advise of others to point me in the direction to go, because I had never even considered reading a personal development book before. But since I have started, I definitely don’t want to give up. I have learned that taking the time to better myself as an …

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The World Needs Love

When something tragic happens in the world, we are all quick to call for action. But what do we do? We are all quick to put the blame somewhere. We are all quick to make judgements. We are all quick to argue and post blindly on social media. We are all quick to cast fear and hate. So what is the answer? What can we do to keep these tragic events from happening? I truly believe there is not one answer. There is not one specific thing we can do to stop them. What I do believe is the world …

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Why I Quit My Diet and You Should Too

If you’ve followed the newest trend in weight loss, you are not alone. My whole life I have been “skinny”. I played sports, I was active. I never had to worry about my weight. So why I am writing about diets??? Stick with me, I promise this is worth it. Through my teenage years, I never weighed more than 100 pounds. I had an eating disorder in high school, so I was never comfortable with my weight. When I went off to college I weighed 100 pounds. We have all heard about the freshman 15. This is real. I ate …

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5 Relaxing Diffuser Blends You Should Try

Imagine yourself walking into a spa and immediately feeling relaxed. Do you ever wonder what they do that makes you so calm when you walk through the door? They use the sweet nectar that western medicine has used for thousands of years. The thing that can change your mood in an instant. Here are 5 Blends that you should try right now to give you that luxurious and relaxing feeling that the spas give you, but right in your own home. I suggest drawing yourself a nice hot bubble bath, grabbing your favorite book, and putting on the diffuser with …

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An Open Letter to My Nieces & Nephews

To the ones who have my whole heart, Your life is the most precious thing to me. Watching you grow from a child to the person you are today, has given me such happiness and joy. Everyday I pray that you wake up and know that you are loved, you are wanted, and you are special. Everyday I pray that you look in the mirror and know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Everyday I pray that you follow your heart regardless of what other people think. To know that your dreams and passions matter. To know that your …

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5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Life Right Now

It is January! Holy cow! Where did the last full year go??? I mean, it’s like I blinked and it was over. But I guess it’s time to move on right? So… whether you have set any new years resolutions or not, everyone wants to have their life decluttered. I know for me, my OCD doesn’t like clutter, but no matter what I do, it seems to happen. Especially right now with our renovation going on, and believe it or not, living in a 430 sq. ft. RV doesn’t help the clutter as much as we hoped it would. Why …

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Where to Find Awesome Festivals

Traveling full time has its advantages. Not only are we able to pick up and go wherever and whenever, we also get to check out some AMAZING sights across the country. And not just sights, but activities. Some you can’t find anywhere else in the country! Assuming you haven’t lived under a rock your whole life, you probably know of some kind of festival in your area, or a big name festival (I.E. Sundance Film Festival). But for those who aren’t quite sure, let’s define festival. Wikipedia defines Festival as – celebration that focuses upon a theme, and may run …

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When Life Gives You $9

Since it is the holiday season, I wanted to share this story…. well, I have been wanting to share it for like a month now, but haven’t really gotten around to writing it up. Rainy weather = Becca working. When we were at John Prince Park Campground, you had to buy coins for the laundry room instead of using just quarters. Not all parks use these coins and here at Lion Country Safari, their laundry room uses just quarters. Sadly the John Prince Park campground doesn’t let you exchange any leftover coins for your money back. I had one roll …

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Mission Fat Hearts

With Christmas approaching you will start to see all the pictures of what parents do with the Elf on a Shelf. Now, while I think this tradition can be a good thing, I also feel it is teaching kids they only need to be good when someone is watching them to be rewarded. BUT I will say off hand, since I do not have an elf of my own, I do not know the whole story and traditions behind him…. Maybe I should get an elf of my own! Anyways, back to the subject at hand. The posts I see …

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Gift Guide for the Dog Lovers in Your Life

My dogs are my babies. Chances are, you know someone in your life that feels the same way. So here is a simple guide for gifts for that dog lover in your life. 1) Dog Lovers Leather Charm Bracelet  2) Decorative Pillow Dogs Welcome 3) A Dog’s Guide to Humans (Fun Reads for Dog Lovers) (Volume 1) 4) Dog Person Stoneware Mug 5) It’s Not Drinking Alone if the Dog is Home Wine Glass 6) Dog Rules Throw Pillow 7) Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog 8) Dog Lover Cork Coaster Set 9) Dog Mom & Dad Gifts …

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What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers

Let’s get real here… I don’t like leftovers. I try to make just enough food for Eric and I so I don’t have to put any leftovers in a container and then put it in the refrigerator. Why? Because it then usually sits in the refrigerator until it gets moldy and then I just throw out the whole container. I know…. I am probably weird and in the small minority that do not like leftovers. UNLESS it’s Thanksgiving leftovers. There is nothing more delicious than a home cooked comfort meal. One that you enjoy for the majority of your day …

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Louisiana’s Carnival Season has Gone to the Dogs

Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws Hosts Its First-Ever Mardi Gras Ball Mandeville, Louisiana (November 14, 2017) – They say every dog has his day, but now they’re finally getting their night, too. Because, after all, every dog deserves a ball … right? For 24 years, Louisiana’s famed “Mardi Paws” Parade has come at the tail end of Carnival season. This unique Mardi Gras parade designed for canine participants and their people takes place along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville, just across the causeway from New Orleans, on the Sunday after Fat Tuesday (that’s February 18, 2018). The event …

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Hope is Real

If you know me well, or even just a little, you know that I am an advocate for hope. I have seen many friends and family go through depression and self harm and I am persistent on them knowing hope is real. There is an organization called To Write Love on Her Arms which was started in 2006 by a 19 year old girl who struggled with depression, drugs, and more. The organization is now worldwide spreading the message of hope love and acceptance through spreading awareness on mental health issues. Today is an awareness day and to join just …

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2017 Hot Holiday Gifts for Kids (8 – 13 yrs)

Remember when you were a kid on Christmas? By the ages 8-13, most kids no longer believe in Santa Claus. But what kid doesn’t still like getting presents on Christmas morning? Do you remember the joy you had while ripping open the brightly wrapped present? Do you remember the smiles and fun you had playing with those new toys? If you are a parent (or aunt like me ❤), you want to see that same look on your kids faces and see the same twinkle in their eye as they play with the newest addition to their toy collection. But …

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Best Christmas Gifts for Your Dog

If your fur-kids are anything like mine, they are spoiled beyond belief! Don’t forget to include them in the spirit of the holidays and spoil your dogs some more with these awesome gifts for Christmas. Here are 6 gifts for your pooches that are sure to get their tails wagging! 1) Premium Plush Soft Sherpa Pet Dog Blanket – protect your sofa and give your pup a cozy place to curl up next to you.    2) iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher for Dogs – If your dog loves to play fetch (what dog doesn’t?!), then they will love this interactive ball …

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2017 Hot Holiday Gifts for Kids (5 – 7 yrs)

Remember when you were a kid on Christmas? Setting out cookies for Santa on Christmas eve. Trying to stay up as late as you could to catch a glimpse of the big man in red. Waking up before the crack of dawn to run down the stairs and see what gifts he left you. Do you remember the joy you had while ripping open the brightly wrapped present? Do you remember the smiles and fun you had playing with those new toys? If you are a parent (or aunt like me ❤), you want to see that same look on …

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2017 Hot Holiday Gifts for Kids (2 – 4 yrs)

Remember when you were a kid on Christmas? Setting out cookies for Santa on Christmas eve. Trying to stay up as late as you could to catch a glimpse of the big man in red. Waking up before the crack of dawn to run down the stairs and see what gifts he left you. Do you remember the joy you had while ripping open the brightly wrapped present? Do you remember the smiles and fun you had playing with those new toys? If you are a parent (or aunt like me ❤), you want to see that same look on …

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2017 Hot Holiday Gifts for Kids (Birth – 2yrs)

Remember when you were a kid on Christmas? Setting out cookies for Santa on Christmas eve. Trying to stay up as late as you could to catch a glimpse of the big man in red. Waking up before the crack of dawn to run down the stairs and see what gifts he left you. Do you remember the joy you had while ripping open the brightly wrapped present? Do you remember the smiles and fun you had playing with those new toys? If you are a parent (or aunt like me ❤), you want to see that same look on …

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Florida’s Largest Pug Celebration on Nov. 4th

Florida Pugs Bringing Their Families to State’s Largest Pug Celebration! Kissimmee, FL — Pugs from all across Florida and the southeastern U.S. have packed up their families and are heading to Kissimmee for Pugsgiving 2017. Pugsgiving, Pug Rescue of Florida’s annual celebration of all things pug, is this Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Ramada Gateway Convention Center on US-192. Pug Rescue of Florida (PROoF) holds its annual Pugsgiving event to celebrate its success in rescuing and placing pugs and pug mixes into forever homes. The day-long celebration features games and contests for the …

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10 Amazing Diffuser Blends to Try Right Now

As Halloween comes to a close and Thanksgiving sneaks up on us, we are all thinking about the Christmas and New Years season upon us. Some have their homes decorated already. Some are dreading the season. No matter your stance, we all can enjoy the simple and lovely smells of winter. This post contains affiliate links. Here are 10 amazing diffuser blends to try right now. If you would like a FREE bottle of Simply Earth Essential Oil, please click HERE and use code REBECCAPETERSFREE. Why I use Simply Earth Essential Oils: Commitment to Quality— With the safety of your …

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The Best Coffee Maker for Your RV

Coffee. I have a love, LOVE relationship with it. When we decided to travel full time having a coffee maker was an absolute necessity and non-negotiable appliance for me to bring. When we lived in a brick and mortar, I had a whole coffee station set up. Espresso machine with steam frothed, keurig, and many more coffee essentials I won’t bore you with. But bringing the espresso machine wasn’t in the cards because of the space it took up. Luckily I had a small keurig that fit perfectly on our counter in the camper. Then I found myself drinking more …

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How to Avoid Pet Obesity

Pet Obesity Is My Biggest Pet Peeve By Dr. Katy Nelson So you walk into your veterinarian’s office for your dog’s annual exam and you’re feeling fine. You’re within a few weeks of the due date of the necessary shots, you were on time for the appointment (almost), and you even remembered to bring the stool sample that they inevitably ask for (ew)! Score! All seems to being going well, when all of a sudden the vet says the ugliest word in the English language about your dog: overweight. You develop tunnel vision. The room spins. Surely you heard her …

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My 3 Secrets for More Energy

Have you ever just wanted to curl up in the afternoon with a pillow and blanket and take a nap? Or have you ever just wanted to stay in bed because you feel you didn’t get enough sleep? Do you feel like everyone one around you has all this energy and you wish you could also harness it to put it to good use? Being a dog mom, husband of a lineman, housewife, author & illustrator, and a full time blogger, some days I feel a bit overwhelmed and exhausted by life. Here are my 3 secrets for more energy! …

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My DIY Self Stick Tile Experience

This post may contain affiliate links.. Please see disclosure policy for more info. Updating your home. Everyone thinks about it. We all have that one thing we want to make look better. For me, it was the backsplash right behind my stove. To me this pattern was just ugly. I mean, it’s probably ok, but my taste, or probably more my ADD and OCD just didn’t like it. Whatever the reason, it had to go. But figuring out how to do that in this small RV, without bringing all kinds of grouting tools and whatever else is needed to put …

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10 Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Fall is one of my most favorite times of the year. Not only does the cooler weather creep in, but the show that the trees put on is spectacular. Back in 2009, I was using writing and art as a coping skill for anxiety and depression. Here is a poem I wrote during that time titled Fall’s Passion. The stream flows by and tickles my feet, the water is cool, it gives me a chill. Fall is near, I breath it in, it smells ever so sweet. The leaves give off the passion of God, with colors so vibrant, the passion …

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AMAZING News for Parents of Kids with Autism and Special Needs

Being an aunt of a niece on the autism spectrum, this is amazing news. Chuck E Cheese has opened up its doors to include kids that have autism and special needs. On their website it says, “Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. We now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. Our trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit.” The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes: 1. Less crowding and noise 2. Dimmed lighting 3. Show and music …

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Sleeping on a Cloud

This article contains an affiliate link for your shopping convenience. When we decided to full time in a 5th wheel camper, there is one thing we refused to give up. Our bed. Not only did we spend hours upon hours at a mattress store testing beds and searching reviews, we found the perfect bed for us at a price tag of around $1,500. That was 5-6 years ago. We immediately changed out the factory RV mattress for our amazing mattress. Life was good. Recently we have been feeling the effects of an older mattress by waking up achey and not …

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5 Scriptures for When You Need Strength

When we’re feeling down, it’s helpful to have an arsenal of verses that remind us of the strength we find in God. Use these verses to renew your mind. 1) Philippians 4:13  I can do everything through him who gives me strength. 2) Exodus 15:2  The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. 3) Matthew 11:28-30  Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and …

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5 Fun Costumes for Kids & Dogs

This article may contain affiliate links for your shopping convenience. Halloween is so much fun. I remember every year wanting to pick out my own costume and get ready to go. I grew up in the 80s though and we had very limited choices on costumes. NOW there are so many choices its amazing! So here are some fun costumes you can pair together your kid and your fur kid for maximum fun! 1) Mario & Luigi Who doesn’t love the classic game Super Mario Brothers? This is a way you can relive it and have a fun costume for …

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Life’s Essentials

Just adding some of the most common essential oils like lavender, frankincense, lemon, peppermint and tea tree oil to your natural medicine cabinet can: •Fight cold and flu symptoms •Relax your body and soothe sore muscles •Heal skin conditions •Alleviate pain •Balance hormones •Improve digestion •Reduce cellulite and wrinkles •Clean your home •Used in homemade personal care products *Lavender: Helps with relaxation, improves mood and heals burns and cuts. *Frankincense: Builds immunity, reduces inflammation, heals age spots, supports brain and may help fight cancer. *Lemon: Great to use in homemade cleaning products, improves lymph drainage and cleanses the body. *Peppermint: …

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5 Amazing Halloween Treats to Make with Your Kids

I remember when I was a kid being so excited to dress up and go around our neighborhood for Trick or Treat. Let’s face it, the treats were the most important part of Trick or Treat time. One thing we also did as kids was make cookies. My mom made cut out cookies for absolutely every holiday. She taught us how to mix up, cut out, bake, and decorate the cookies. It was so much fun. One thing I will always cherish, is making cookies with my mom. With having 11 nieces and nephews, I have found that they also …

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10 Scriptures to Read When Living in Fear

Every day we listen to the world shouting its troubles. On our laptops, on our televisions, and our phone, and the weight of tragedy and evil land heavily. How could anyone not be afraid? When you feel overcome with fear, read these 10 scriptures — and remember the promises God makes — to help you live free from fear: 1. Psalm 118:6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The promise: God is consistent. The most important part of you is something no person can ever threaten — your soul. In Christ, …

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